English (Literary Studies) (Education)

Unit set code: EMAENG | Study level: Undergraduate | Unit set type: Major
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The major in English (Literary Studies) introduces you to a broad range of literary texts and ways of reading them. The emergence of modern literary theories and ways of understanding literary texts and "literature" itself has had an enormous influence on the way in which we think about our language and society, history and culture, politics and identity. Literary Studies will help you develop essential critical skills that strengthen your ability to contribute to a broad range of issues and debates. From Jane Austen to Christos Tsiolkas, Olde England to New Zealand, romance to realism, poetry to politics, individual units cross a broad range of authors, places and issues. Throughout the major, you will develop skills in methods of reading, analysis and interpretation that equip you for further work in journalism, teaching and the broader literature industry.

Unit set structure

For a major study students must complete 96 credit points of study comprising:

24 credit points (2) Curriculum and Pedagogy units
72 credit points (6) Specialist Area units

What is a unit?

A full course is made up of several smaller topics or subjects. These are referred to as 'units'.
Most courses have compulsory 'core' units, as well as optional units.


'Credit points' are the value that each unit contributes towards your course.
Most units at VU are worth 12 credit points. You will need to complete the required course credit points to graduate.

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